LIBRARY
Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch
1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322
  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      Inauguration Day Civic Engagement Fair
    • Wondering how you can get involved in your community to effect change? Looking for help finding social services? Want to start meaningful conversations with your neighbors to make Philadelphia even better? The lobby will be flooded with local and national groups that welcome and celebrate individuals of all backgrounds. Join the Free Library as they celebrate inclusivity and civic engagement on Inauguration Day.
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      Dance China New York: Lion Dance
    • Sunday, January 22, 2017
    • This performance will introduce students to beloved Chinese folk art pieces, including excerpts from Beijing Opera featuring the popular Monkey King character, as well as the Chinese ribbon dance.
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      Mysterious Travelers Featuring Jake Kelberman
    • Monday, January 23, 2017
    • The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 : Internal Investigations. This time they're turning inward to explore, through sound, the collections that constitute the Parkway Central Library. Every third Monday from September 2016 through May 2017, emerging and veteran musicians, all calling Philadelphia home, will debut new works.
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      A Panel of Authors: One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event
    • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    • Celebrate One Book, One Philadelphia's 15th anniversary, as well as the 2017 featured selection, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at this evening event. First, watch a video of Mark Haddon describing how he created Christopher Boone, the fascinating teenage protagonist in his humorous, poignant novel. Then, hear former One Book featured authors Lorene Cary, Carlos Eire, Christina Baker Kline, Steve Lopez, and James McBride discuss their methods of creating memorable characters and narratives. The event will conclude with an original musical work by Curtis Institute of Music composer Nick DiBerardino. One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature program of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.The program will take place in the Montgomery Auditorium within the Parkway Central library.
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      One Pot Meals
    • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    • Many cultures have embraced the one pot meal as a stress free and delicious way to enjoy real food. This class explores innovative variations on a few plant powered classics. Join Food Educator Lauren Nixon for a collaborative workshop that will help you to be a more confident and creative home cook by exploring flavor, efficient cooking techniques, and stretching the limits of your personal palate. This is a vegan-friendly program.
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      Winter Indego Street Skills Class
    • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    • Do you want to try Indego, but need a little more confidence in your city biking skills? Are you interested in biking during the winter months, but can use some advice on doing so safely? This free class will give you the knowledge to start bicycling safely in Philadelphia. Topics covered include how to use Indego, rules of the road, riding in traffic safely, proper helmet fit, route selection, and tips for safe winter bicycling.
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      Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
    • Thursday, February 2, 2017
    • On an otherwise unremarkable, rainy Florida evening just over five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a snack and talking on the phone with a friend. The fatal confrontation that happened next would polarize the country and create the hauntingly iconic image of a young man in a hoodie that has become a powerful symbol of social justice activism. Told through the alternating narratives of his parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, "Rest in Power" paints an intimate portrait of Trayvon, questions the cruelty of the police and the indifference of the legal system, and maps a transcendent journey from senseless tragedy to power and purpose.
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      Follow the Drinking Gourd: Take the A Train
    • Sunday, February 5, 2017
    • Musical group Follow the Drinking Gourd presents an exhilarating show about the explosion of art, music, literature, and dance in Harlem during the 1920's and '30s, a cultural phenomenon known as the Harlem Renaissance.
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      Monday Poets: Janice A. Lowe & Dr. Herman Beavers
    • Monday, February 6, 2017
    • Moderated by Lamont Dixon, "Monday Poets" is a monthly poetry reading that takes place in Room 108 at Parkway Central Library. Copies of the featured poets' books may be available for cash purchase after the reading. At program's end, if time permits, there may be a short open-mic session.
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      Jason Rekulak: The Impossible Fortress
    • Monday, February 6, 2017
    • Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Today he visits with his debut novel, a coming-of-age tale set in 1987.
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      Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
    • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    • Born with a rare degenerative eye disorder that took his sight in his early teens, Erik Weihenmayer chronicled the incredible feat of being the only blind person to summit Mount Everest in 2002's "Touch the Top of the World." In his new book, Weihenmayer charts his life since Everest and meets fellow barrier-busting trailblazers who have defied all conventional boundaries to accomplish extraordinary goals.
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      The Curious Incidence of the Dogs in Our Lifetimes
    • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    • Have you ever marveled at the connection between humans and dogs? What makes them so attuned to making us happy and keeping us safe? See working dogs in action as they show how they fill important roles in our lives: guiding those with disabilities, providing emotional support, and helping to save people during a crisis. Plus, watch a training demonstration, and interact with pets who need new homes.
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      Fuzzytown at the Free Library with Author Zachariah OHora
    • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    • Come to Fuzzytown, the imaginative world of the people and creatures inhabiting the books by Zachariah OHora, award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Sketches and illustrations will give a behind-the-scenes look at OHora's inspirations and creative process. This event is part of One Book, One Philadelphia, a signature program of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. This event will be held in the Skyline room inside of the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central branch.
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      Knife Skills: French Comfort Skills
    • Monday, February 13, 2017
    • Potatoes au gratin, winter greens salad and apple tarts star in this French take on comfort foods. Join instructor Betty Kaplan as she walks you through the knife skills and technique required for these hearty dishes. You will leave with the expertise to impress those you love using easily accessible ingredients to make a truly endearing meal.
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      A Beautiful Spectrum Mural Arts Workshop
    • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    • Immerse yourself in a visual presentation and take part in creative, interactive sensory activities as Mural Arts Philadelphia looks back on A Beautiful Spectrum, a project that speaks to the complexities of autism. Artist Philip Adams engaged youth and families to address stigma related to autism, the challenges associated with the diagnosis, and the inherent strengths of individuals and of the autism community. This program will explore the creation and impact of A Beautiful Spectrum by Mural Arts's Porch Light Program and the project partner SPIN-NET Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence.
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      One Book, One Burger
    • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    • Temple Grandin had a remarkable influence on animal agriculture. Join Bryan Mayer, Director of Butchery Education at Fleishers Craft Butchery, to learn about sustainable and humane ways of farming and Grandin's work in the industry. Then, make your own hamburgers with your favorite toppings.
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      Mysterious Travelers Featuring Matt Stewart
    • Monday, February 20, 2017
    • The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 : Internal Investigations. This time they're turning inward to explore, through sound, the collections that constitute the Parkway Central Library. Every third Monday from September 2016 through May 2017, emerging and veteran musicians, all calling Philadelphia home, will debut new works.
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      Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg - Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms
    • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    • One of Forbes' 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial lives. In "Worth It," she outlines the vital financial information women need to create a healthy financial future, and draws a direct line to the ways women can use money as a source of personal freedom and power.
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